Tuesday October 28 – Bike the Creek Planning Ride

Sunday afternoon we received a call from Caroline and Pete, good friends of Michael’s mother, Maureen, telling us they had found her delirious, and bleeding, in bed on Sunday morning.  They took her to the hospital for assessment.  In the evening they called back to say that nothing had been found yet, but that she was staying in hospital for observation.  We went to bed.  When the phone rang a little after 1am we knew the news would not be good.  Her colon was necrotic.  Maureen had a DNR and had made it very clear she did not want to live dependent on others for care.  They would make her comfortable, but Michael should fly over as soon as possible.  He made arrangements in the morning and flew to Bristol Monday night.

He arrived midday.  Fortunately, Maureen knew that he had come.  She was unable to speak, but knew he was there and was able to squeeze his hand.  He spent the day with her.  Caroline spent the night.  Today Michael spent the day at the hospital again, but Maureen did not appear to realize he was there.

Meanwhile, I went on a planning ride with the chairman of the Brampton Bicycle Advisory Committee, David, his wife Dayle, the secretary of BBAC, Joanne and Nelson, employees of the City of Brampton, Erica from the Region of Peel, and a representative of the Toronto Region Conservation Authority (whose name escapes me at the moment).  We were testing out the tentative northern portion of 2015 Bike the Creek ride.  It was a pleasant day and since the ride is a loop next year, I saw some areas of the city that I have never seen before.  It was about 16km.  Next week we text the southern portion.

This is the view from the northern end of the route looking north towards where the 410 swings west to meet Highway 10.

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This is a lovely park, which I have long admired, called Christie Park, in the Stonegate area of the city.

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We finished up with lunch at Tim Hortons.

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About Lisa Stokes

I am a stay-at-home mother of four whose hobbies include photography, quilting and cycling. I have recently started to advocate for better cycling infrastructure in my community. I am photographer and librarian at the Brampton Quilters' Guild. I build and maintain a community ice rink in my local park.
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